Something for Tomorrow was a 1946 radio program produced by
the Knights of Columbus starring Jane Wyatt and Dennis Day. The
program is about families in trouble, including their children and
teenagers, and helping them deal with issues in post-WW2 America. It
emphasizes how the Knights of Columbus organization can be of
assistance. The youth program, Columbian Squires, is also mentioned.
The program was released for the observance of the sixty-fourth
anniversary of the Knights, “Founders Week,” for March 24 to 31,
1946. The founder, Father Michael J. McGivney, started the Knights in
a New Haven, Connecticut parish in 1882 to serve immigrant laborers
and their families. The group was known for its care of young widows
and their children. Father McGivney founded the Knights when he was
29, and died of complications of pneumonia at age 38. The fraternal
organization continues to this day, and has worldwide membership and
Local Knights Councils purchased
transcriptions for $5 each (about US$75 in 2021$) and would bring
them to their local stations.
The two lead actors are Dennis Day
(1916-1988), the Irish tenor who was part of the ensemble cast of
radio's most successful comedy program, The Jack Benny Show.
Day's name at birth was Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty.
The other is Jane Wyatt
(1910-2006). She appeared on radio but was better known for her role
as the mother in the 1950s TV show, Father Knows Best. Star
Trek fans know her as Mr. Spock's mother in the original 1960s
There were also other highly regarded radio actors
in the cast.
• Bill Johnstone had a great
and successful radio career on both coasts, including taking the part
of The Shadowi for five years after Orson Welles left New York
for Hollywood; he also appeared in the longest-running radio
anthology Suspense. For 23 years he was on the television soap
opera As the World Turns in the role of Judge James T.
• Tommy Bernard was on The Great
Gildersleeve and the Ozzie & Harriet radio programs as
well as other long-running series Cavalcade of America and
• Bill Christy appeared
in a few radio series and programs before his untimely death at age
• Wally Maher was one of the greatest
actors of the radio era, especially known for his playing “tough
guys.” He played the lead role in the 1940's Michael Shayne,
Private Detective radio program. He was part of CBS radio's
exceptional ensemble of radio actors who appeared on their best known
programs. He unfortunately passed away five years later at age 43 of
a respiratory disease.
• Bob Mitchell
started as a silent movie organist. He had an active career spanning
more than 85 years. His St. Brendan's Boys Choir appeared in more
than 100 films and was under his direction for more than 60 years.
Mitchell died in 2009 at 96 years old, having performed as a musician
in all media. He was also the first organist at Dodger
Courtenay Savage was the writer and director. He
was a convert to Catholicism, and was involved in the early years of
network radio for CBS, and worked for the Armed Forces Radio Service.
AFRS played a great role in support of troops stationed overseas
during WW2, and still plays a vital role in the armed services today.
He died in Rome while on assignment a few months after Something
for Tomorrow aired.
The death of Bill Christy in
February 1946 implies that the program was recorded very early in
1946 or late 1945.